Dear NYBBS family members,
I wrote to you all last month with the sad news that the Easter NYBBS 2020 course had unfortunately had to be cancelled, due the announcement made on 24th March by Scotland’s First Minister making any social events impossible to take place.
After further information from our Scottish Government and Health advisors regarding the on going developments with the global pandemic, it is with a very heavy heart that I find myself announcing today that our three NYBBS summer courses and concerts will also have to be cancelled. All at The Scottish Brass Band Association as well as our key funding and venue providers agree that the health and wellbeing of all members of our NYBBS family- from students to staff and conductors – is our top priority and we do not want to risk this during these extraordinary times.
The option for full refunds for the summer course will be made available in due course and SBBA Treasurer, Julie Nicol will be in contact with you all separately. Should you have any queries regarding this please contact Julie at email@example.com
I am deeply disappointed that we will not be together again this summer, but believe that it is the only decision that we can make at this difficult time. I have been working very closely with key personnel and the Governments’ Youth Music funders Creative Scotland as we are all keen to try to find a way to ‘stay connected’ during our periods of musical isolation. To this end we do hope to work over the coming weeks on an exciting project, involving as many of our NYBBS family as we can which will ensure that we can still give a virtual performance on August 8th – the finer details will be sent to you all by the end of this month but it promises to be great.
On the SBBA You tube channel you will find a series of videos prepared prior to today’s announcement by our NYBBS Conducting Team, offering their encouragement and musical expertise. You will be able to access these videos over the next few days by contacting SBBA education Officer, John Boax at firstname.lastname@example.org for a unique password.
Last month I set you all a challenge: please continue to devote ten minutes of your home practice every day to NYBBS …this could be working on your audition piece, something for the solo contest or informal concert even… continue to share your own NYBBS memories on our social media pages; happy times together of many happy days, which will return.
Take care and please continue to stay safe.
All my love,
Course Director, NYBBS.
THE NATIONAL YOUTH BRASS BANDS OF SCOTLAND
Dear players, families and supporters,
I trust this finds you well and looking forward to the summer holidays and the NYBBS summer course 2019. We have certainly been busy preparing and finalising our programme of events for the course which takes place in Strathallan School, Forgandenny, Perth PH2 9EG from Sunday 21st July-Saturday 27th July 2019.
To assist with any queries you may have at this stage please find enclosed a list of key personnel and contact details below:
Course Information/student enquiries- Carrie Boax (email@example.com)
Course CPO/student bank - Tom Allan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Finance(fees/concert tickets)–Julie Nicoll (email@example.com)
Consent forms/Health queries-Elaine Roxburgh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The team will be happy to assist you and answer any queries you may have.
Students in our Children, Reserve, and Senior Bands should arrive mid morning and all of our pastoral staff will be on hand to assist. Please therefore note the following times and arrange to arrive on Sunday 21st July at the time stated below:
11am- All players to arrive at designated Boarding Houses (Ruthven, Simpson, Freeland and Thornbank) check in and allocate accommodation.
12 noon- Students meet in Chapel for welcome meeting.
1pm- Lunch in dining room.
2-4pm- Seating Auditions
5.30pm- Evening meal
6.30pm- First rehearsal of full band
In the course of the week we will also be visited by over 20 of the finest, most experienced musicians all who share a love of music and are involved in the brass band scene both here and abroad. For those of you new to the course, each day will consist of working in small sections with your designated tutor for the week and full band rehearsals. Please ensure you come full of energy and prepared to play as your working day will begin at 9am and will end in the evening- don’t worry, lots of breaks and social activities will ensure you enjoy your time whilst working hard! (A draft daily timetable will be emailed in the with the final newsletter.)
Our program of activities include swimming, rounders, treasure hunts, movie nights, football, ‘NYBBS got talent!’(come prepared to take part!) and weather permitting some al fresco dining! For some of the events you will need to provide your own equipment/props (talent show items, etc.) swimming caps (these can also be reserved from Tom Allan for a small fee in advance) and you will also need your own music stand and a piece of suitable music to play for your seating audition (i.e. where you will sit in the band.) Whilst percussion will be provided, the players themselves must bring sticks and mallets. It is advisable that all personal belongings are clearly labeled for safe return, as we cannot be responsible for any personal property lost on campus.
We are very lucky at Strathallan this year to be able to use four boarding houses for the duration of our stay. However as we have a waiting list for places on the course, every bed has been allocated and we aim to ensure that all students in the Children’s Band will be accommodated separately and there will be 1 adult member of our pastoral team for every 8 children. Each House has single rooms for students, will separate toileting and shower facilities. All of the houses have several common rooms with games, TV’s and with some even hosting pool and table tennis facilities. The dining area is in a separate building and all students will come together at breakfast, lunch and evening meal times. We will run our own bank and organise supper in the houses for the students- please bring your own mug if a hot drink is preferred at this time and should you wish tuck money to be looked after by ourselves please contact Tom Allan in advance to arrange this. A full copy of the course rules and expectations will be issued to each student upon arrival at the course on the first day- please do not hesitate to contact myself if you have any queries regarding this.
Publicity and consent
Group and individual photographs will be taken on Monday afternoon during free time. Should you wish any specific shots, (i.e. family or home band photos) please let myself know before Friday. Any outstanding consent forms, if not already sent, should now be sent to Elaine Roxburgh. We will also be utilising social media before the event and during the week to promote the course and events taking place- should you have anything you wish shared on our Facebook, twitter or website or indeed have any ideas regarding our publicity; please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself in the first instance. Photographs taken will be on sale at the end of course concerts- should you wish to reserve any in advance please contact Tom Allan for further information.
Please note that no payment can be accepted on the day. As the deadline for all payments has now past, please contact Julie Nicoll regarding any payment query you may have. NYBBS ties (required to be worn at the concert) and other merchandise will be available to purchase at registration however should you wish to purchase a NYBBS t shirt, hoodie or zoodie, please get in touch with Sara Buchan of Sovereign Embroidery, who can be contacted at email@example.com for further information.
This year we will be hosting two end of course concerts in celebration of the achievements and hard work of our students during the course week. Our Children’s Band concert will take place in Strathallan School Chapel on Saturday 27th July at 1.30pm with a further concert hosted by our Reserve and Senior Band later that day in Albert Hall, Stirling at 6pm. Please note this year, no tickets will need to be purchased for our Children’s Band concert however tickets for the concert held in the Albert Hall can be purchased on line at www.jumblebee.co.uk/nybbs2019 should you have an difficulties with this, please contact our SBBA Treasurer Julie Nicoll at firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited tickets will be available on the day and please also note members of NYBBS 2019 are entitled to free entry to the concerts.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any queries you may have at this stage. I will be in contact again next week with a finalised timetable and any further information you may require. In the meantime, keep banding and enjoying making music!
SBBA President/NYBBS Course Director
The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland
The National Youth Reserve Brass Band of Scotland
Conducted by John Boax, The National Youth Reserve Brass Band of Scotland (for players aged 14 -22 inclusive) is designed to nurture young musicians who are well on their way to reaching the high standards required by the premier level of NYBBS, or those awaiting a vacancy to arise in NYBBS. The band offers its members plenty of inspiration, support and opportunities to progress, guided by a collection of highly experienced musicians and additional performance opportunities, making it an ideal stepping stone up to the next stage.
The National Children's Brass Band of Scotland
Conducted by Alan Fernie, The National Children's Brass Band of Scotland provides a wonderful opportunity for young, less experienced musicians (aged 13 or under), to enjoy the pleasures of playing in a full band of like-minded enthusiasts.
The band is led and supported by a team of dedicated and experienced musicians, offering a perfect introduction to the wider world of brass band music and highlighting the many opportunities music can provide aspiring players.